Ramadan is a blessed period in the Islamic calendar, where Muslims the world over observe fasting during daylight hours and spend time reflecting and giving to those less fortunate.
Last year, British Muslims donated more than £100 million to charity, according the The Charities Commission, making Muslims the most generous charity-givers in the UK.
This year, it’s hoped charitable giving during Ramadan will follow this trend, as there are many people in desperate need of assistance, such as those affected by war in Syria and famine in East Africa. And, of course, there are people less fortunate than ourselves within our own communities.
It is, of course, vital that when we give we give safely and securely, so we know our money goes directly to where we intend it to. The Government has published an invaluable ‘safer giving during Ramadan’ guide to ensure we protect ourselves.
The FMO itself is a registered charity (Registered Charity No. 1143281). We have a positive working relationship with many private, public and voluntary sector organisations, stretching back 32 years since our launch in 1983. In fact, we have worked exhaustively on a whole range of projects covering such areas as education, housing, youth and social welfare in order to meet the needs of the Muslim community in Leicester, London and the rest of the UK.
Some of our major campaigns this year focus on supporting our affiliates that work for human rights and in death and bereavement; ensuring schools, prisons and hospitals cater for the dietary requirements of Muslims; advocating for the creation of multi-faith prayer rooms in the public and private sector; and supporting the creation of chaplaincies in hospitals, prisons and higher education, including the training of chaplains.
We also work with the Muslim community when it comes to donating to charity, whether that be time or money. Volunteering for a charity, for example, can be especially rewarding. We believe that giving brings out the best in our community and can give a real sense of belonging and being part of something positive.
The Holy Month of Ramadan is a great opportunity to enhance our communities, our personal faith, and ourselves.
Ramadan Mubarak to you all.